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Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
Trade chatter: A Machado alternative, an intriguing starter and more  —  One of the more intriguing elements to the Manny Machado trade discussions — beyond the question of Machado's destination — is the Baltimore Orioles' approach to fielding offers for the four-time All-Star.
Discussion: NESN.com, WEEI and MLB Trade Rumors
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Yankees' pitching needs mean Manny Machado must wait 'til winter for his pinstripes  —  Manny Machado is one of the greatest players on the planet, but unless he has hidden pitching talents, he really makes little sense for the New York Yankees.  —  New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom …
Peter Schmuck / Baltimore Sun:
Red Sox in recent contact with Orioles about possible Machado trade
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees should only consider trading Justus Sheffield for top starter, not Manny Machado
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   If Yankees want to avoid a do-or-die wild card game, they must stop losing to awful teams like the Orioles
Eddie MatzESPN Senior / ESPN:
Orioles' Manny Machado hits 2 homers in win as trade rumors swirl
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:
Cleveland Indians allow 7 in 9th, lose to Cincinnati Reds 7-4 after Trevor Bauer's gem  —  The loss spoiled a brilliant outing by Trevor Bauer, who struck out 12 during eight scoreless innings.  —  CLEVELAND (AP) - Joey Votto hit a go-ahead three-run double during a seven-run ninth inning …
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Alex Butler / UPI:   Reds score 7 runs in 9th inning to beat Indians
Cincinnati.com:   Check out the scorecard from last night's Reds vs. Indians game
Jim Ingraham / UPI:
Indians looking for bullpen improvement against Reds
Discussion: Red Reporter and Let's Go Tribe
WKYC-TV:   ‘OP/OT’ communication breakdown part of Cleveland Indians' 9th inning collapse vs. Cincinnati Reds
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Which players could the Cubs target at the trade deadline?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Cubs have made a habit of making July trades under Theo Epstein, including acquisitions such as Jake Arrieta (2013), Addison Russell (2014), Aroldis Chapman (2016) and Jose Quintana (2017).
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs bullpen rotation: Steve Cishek won't pitch Wednesday, Brandon Morrow available again
Janie McCauley / Toronto Sun:
Cubs capitalize, bounce back from tough loss to beat Giants
Associated Press:
Phillies activate RHP Vince Velasquez from DL  —  NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Phillies have activated right-hander Vince Velasquez from the 10-day disabled list.  —  Velasquez had been sidelined by a bruised right forearm.  He is slated to start Wednesday night against the New York Mets.
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Matt Ehalt / NorthJersey.com:   Mets fall to Phillies, now have to worry about Philadelphia's future success
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Javier Baez says 'I'll bat 12th' with Kris Bryant's expected return  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is expected to be activated before Wednesday's game against the Giants, and Javier Baez doesn't envision any problems.  —  “I'll bat wherever,” said Baez …
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ESPN:   Cubs activate Kris Bryant from DL after shoulder issue
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading  —  Chicago Tribune  —  In the White Sox clubhouse Sunday, players gathered as manager Rick Renteria announced first baseman Jose Abreu had been named an American League All-Star starter.
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Stats / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:   White Sox look to end skid at home against Cardinals
Associated Press:
MLB: Rays reveal plan for new ballpark
Discussion: Royals Review
Kristie Rieken / Pueblo Chiefton:
Astros beat A's 6-5 on bizarre play in 11th inning  —  Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin argues with home plate umpire David Rackley during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Houston.  Melvin was ejected.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Jim Reineking / USA Today:
Houston Astros get wild walk-off win against Oakland Athletics  —  The Houston Astros got a walk-off 6-5 win in the 11th inning over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night on as bizarre a play as any seasoned baseball fan will ever see.  —  Alex Bregman came to the plate with one out …
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
MLB's Home Run Derby: Five players we'd like to see in the event  —  Max Muncy, the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie, is the first player to confirm he will participate in Monday's Home Run Derby.  —  Nationals star Bryce Harper, MLB's ambassador for next week's All-Star Game in Washington …
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Associated Press:
Marte lead Pirates to 2-0 victory over Nationals  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday.  —  Marte homered to center field …
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Alan Saunders / WTAE:
Hellickson bounces back in Nationals' 5-1 win over Pirates
ESPN:
Royals starter Ian Kennedy to DL with oblique strain  —  Kansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy is back on the disabled list with an oblique injury.  —  The Royals placed Kennedy on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain Wednesday, one day after the right-hander pitched just three innings against the Minnesota Twins.
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Associated Press:
Royals snap 10-game skid with 9-4 win over Twins
Associated Press:
Peralta's blast lifts Diamondbacks over Rockies, 5-3  —  DENVER — Tyler Anderson kept Arizona in check for six innings.  Once he left, the Diamondbacks pounced on the Colorado Rockies bullpen.  —  David Peralta and A.J. Pollock homered in Arizona's four-run seventh inning, and the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
Jill Painter Lopez / Associated Press:
Angels overcome injury to Richards, beat Mariners 9-3  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After a big game with the bats, the Los Angeles Angels went home worried about one of their most important arms.  —  Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each had three of Los Angeles' 15 hits Tuesday night …
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Larry Stone / The Charlotte Observer:
The time is right for Mariners to give Nelson Cruz a contract extension
Discussion: The Athletic
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Garrett Richards To Undergo MRI For Forearm Injury
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Bernie Wilson / Toronto Sun:
Rookie Lauer leads Padres to 4-1 win against Dodgers  —  NEW YORK (AP) San Diego Padres rookie left-hander Eric Lauer popped out of the dugout for the ninth inning and was greeted by Cake's “The Distance” on the PA, as well as the heart of the Los Angeles Dodgers' order.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Astros Option Ken Giles To Triple-A  —  The Astros have optioned righty Ken Giles to Triple-A, per a club announcement.  Southpaw Cionel Perez will take his place on the active roster.  —  Giles, 27, was originally acquired to be the Astros' closer in a 2016 blockbuster that sent Vince Velasquez …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Next Slide  —  MIAMI — Christian Yelich is making the most of his Miami return.  —  The newly minted all-star went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles on Tuesday night, helping push the Milwaukee Brewers past the Miami Marlins, 8-4, at Marlins Park.  —  Yelich drove in four of the Brewers' eight runs …
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UPI:   Dan Straily gets start at home as Marlins host Brewers
Lee Judge / Kansas City Star:
Debate at the plate: Baseball's unwritten rules for arguing balls and strikes  —  Just about every night at every big-league ballpark across North America, there's an argument at home plate.  The argument is usually about the strike zone, but if the people arguing follow baseball's unwritten rules …
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Reds minor-leaguer Jonathan Willems hits for cycle for Greeneville  —  Cincinnati Reds prospect Jonathan Willems, a 19-year-old Curacao native who signed with the team as a free agent in 2015, hit for the cycle on Tuesday night in Rookie-level Greeneville's action-packed 13-12 loss to Kingsport.
 
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